Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has evolved to become a poignant, socially responsible, and thought-provoking series, and this year's stories have expanded to include some of the most emotional cases in the NYPD.
The Season 5 cast includes Det. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Det. Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni), and Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek). Stephanie March winds up her role as A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot with a shocking storyline, leaving her successor, Novak (Diane Neal), with her work cut out for her. Detective John Munch (Belzer), partnered with Detective Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T), add their street-honed investigative skills to the squad, and B.D. Wong (Oz) is forensic psychiatrist Dr. George Huang, whose insight into the criminal mind is integral in solving some of the more complex cases.